It’s hard to believe the events unfolding in Eastern Europe right now, and tough to think how this might play out. Let’s hope that diplomacy wins over aggression. Everywhere you look there’s blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag, and that was certainly on my mind when I sat down to create today’s project. It had to be a ‘thinking of you’ kind of card, and blue and yellow inspired a peaceful scene. So with the Oceanfront and Celebrating You Stamp Sets at hand, I set to work.
COLOURS OF UKRAINE
I began my looking for two ink colours to reflect the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. In the end I went with Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight. Then I took a sheet of scrap paper and folded it in half so I could tear a hole from the centre. With that done I placed the frame mask over a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Card and set to work.
Using a Blending Brush I first added a bold layer of Daffodil Delight ink over the bottom half of the mask. Then I swapped brushes and added Pacific Point ink over the top section. Where the two met and blended it created a thin line of green but that was OK.
TIP – whenever possible I add the lightest colour first. That way if the second brush picks up some of the first colour it’s much less noticeable.
Keeping with the blue and yellow colour scheme I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Pacific Point Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base. I also cut a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Daffodil Delight Card to use later as a mat for the main panel.
For my sentiment I went to the Celebrating You Stamp Set and chose “You’re on my mind and in my heart”. Then using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the sentiment across the centre of the coloured area.
I was pleased with the card so far but decided it needed a small image to ground the centre section. For that I immediately reached for the Oceanfront Stamp Set and the medium grass stamp. Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped it partly over the coloured area and partly on the white.
Next, to add some extra interest I placed the panel inside the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. Then after running it through the Cut & Emboss Machine I was ready to start bringing it all together.
First I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to mount the main panel onto the Daffodil Delight Card. Then I wrapped some Linen Thread a couple of times around the bottom of the assembled piece and tied it in a simple bow. With that done I attached the assembled layers to the front of the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All I had left to do was the inside and envelope and for that I went back the Blending Brushes and ink pads. I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and also pulled out a Basic White Medium Envelope. Across the top right corner on both I began by brushing on some Pacific Point ink. Then across the bottom left corners I brushed on Daffodil Delight ink. Finally over the yellow ink I stamped the grass image from the Oceanfront Stamp Set with Tuxedo Black ink. Once I’d glued the white piece inside the card base my project was complete.
I’m pleased with how this project turned out despite the events that gave me the inspiration. Meanwhile I can only hope and pray that peace will return to an independent Ukraine soon.